When Your World Makes No Sense -What is Trust?
Unemployment, foreclosures, sickness, lost dreams, discouragement, betrayal, fear, addictions…so many things are happening that beg us to ask the question, “God, how do I really trust You when my world is making no sense?” Faith is easy when things are going great, but can we believe that nothing is impossible when everything cries out for us to fear, control, escape or shut down. During this series we will be dealing with issues like forgiveness, the five questions (issues) we have with God, how did we learn to distrust, etc.
Daily we stand on the front line trying to climb the rope of life but it seems like each day the rope is slipping and the grip of trust is getting harder and harder to hang on to. Our lives are spinning and so many situations just don’t make sense. How do we trust? More specifically, how do we trust God when our world doesn’t make sense?
To answer that, let’s first get a better understanding of the word trust.
1. TRUST (means to hope “A Confident Expectation”)
When trust in someone or something, we are confidently hoping with the expectation that the result will take place. We trust that if we do a certain action, a certain result will happen. Trusting feels uncomfortable because it requires three things that we often fight against in our lives. Trusting leaves us vulnerable, open and wanting. When we put ourselves in a place of trust it leaves us in a position to be hurt, misunderstood, abandoned and discouraged. Although we desire to place our trust others, we often fear trusting because we don’t want to experience the consequences and hurt if that trust is broken.
Let’s take a look at the bible’s use of the word “trust”. In the Old Testament the word “trust” is used 79 times and is often used in the context of “To be Confident.” See the following scriptures for examples.
Pro 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.”
Psa 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”
2Cr 13:6 “But I trust that you will realize that we ourselves do not fail the test.”
2. WHAT IS IT?
- Trusting is Situational
Trust is acquired, broken, relearned. When we are born, we naturally trust. We don’t have to be told to trust our mothers or believe that they will take care of us, we trust automatically and freely. As we continue to grow and begin to experience situations (i.e abuse, betrayal, expecting a result without it coming into fruition, etc.) we learn to distrust and connect trusting to hurt and disappointment.
If a situation is painful or negative or we fail to receive the result we expect, we begin to trust less, if we experience positive situations or feel a sense of security, we begin to trust more. Whatever level of trust we have with people we often project onto God. Regardless of our love for God, when we struggle with trust issues with people, we often have the same trust issues with God. The good news is that He is totally aware of those issues and He continues to allow us to go through situations in order to heal those issues in HIS timing and in HIS way.
- Trusting is Object-driven
Trusting focuses on the result we desire. We trust and hope that what we pray for, hope for, and ask for will happen in a way or timing we anticipate. Usually the words we associate with when we trust are “for”, “to” or “that.” We trust God for provision to pay rent, we trust that a person won’t hurt us, we trust that our car that will start, we trust God to heal our brother, we trust that God will give direction to a situation we are experiencing, etc.
- A Constant Commitment
Trust happens constantly. With each new situation another level of trust needed. Although, we trust for a situation today and go through a process of waiting and hoping for the result, we will have a new situation in days to come where we will need to trust again.
As always, if you have questions, comments, suggestions on topic areas or would like to share some of your story, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
Dream Madly, Pursue Wildly, Trust Completely tm
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